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Caramel Crystals

When making caramels, some recipes say to pour the candy into the prepared pan without scraping the saucepan. What is the reason for doing this? —L.P., Arvada, Colorado

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Centered Yolks

How do you hard-cook eggs so the yolk is centered when the eggs are cut in half? —J.N., Mead, Nebraska

As an egg ages, the yolk moves more freely and can become displaced as the white…

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Cheese Storage

After opening a block of low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, I place it in a resealable bag and store it in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, it's not long before it begins to develop mold.…

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Chiffon Cakes

A few co-workers and I would like to know what makes a cake chiffon. —L.J., Warrenton, Missouri

Chiffon cakes are moist, light and airy, with a springy texture similar to a sponge cake…

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Chili Peppers - What's Hot?

When it comes to chili peppers, some are hotter than others. Can you please provide some guidance? TOH: When it comes to rating chili peppers' heat, looks don't help: It's the seeds and…

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Chocolate Candy

When a recipe calls for melted milk chocolate candy bars for dipping candy centers, can I use milk chocolate chips with the same results? They are quite a bit cheaper, but I don't want to waste my…

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Chopped Nuts

When a recipe calls for "1 cup nuts, chopped," what does this mean? Should I measure a cup of nuts first and then chop them? Or do I chop the nuts and then measure them to make a cup? —D.B.…

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Chopping Raisins

Do you have any easy suggestions for preventing raisins from sticking to the knife when chopping? —B.M., Marthasville, Missouri

There are several things that you can try to make the…

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Cinnamon Baking Chips

What are cinnamon chips? I recently saw them called for in a recipe. I've asked everywhere, but no one seems to have heard of them. Can you help? —P.H., Manchester, Georgia


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Citrus Substitute

My husband is allergic to citrus. So many wonderful recipes call for citrus of some kind. Is there anything I can substitute? —R.N., Port St. Lucie, Florida

Unfortunately, lemon,…

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